Good narration. story continues and still excites. Need to read Dune first if course otherwise this will make no sense
Not as much as the original, but it's still going strong. What this one does though is set up the upcoming books (or so it feels as I've yet to get to them)
But it does a great job of showing what truly happens after someone is a Victor and takes the position of absolute power. How Mu'adib tried so hard not to be corrupted by power and yet it was still distorted and abominated by the masses.
How events transpire from there are great. Herbert is just a master at plotting and once you get to the end you feel like there could've been much more and you seek out the following installment.
"Too many voices, the single reader DUNE is better"
Too many voices, the single reader DUNE is better. The voices are inconsistent and annoying. The single read on the original dune is far easier to listen to and enjoyable.
"A must listen!"
I would definatly listen to this story Again and Again, and the Whole series for that matter. It's very immersive and the voice actor is just great !
audio book review: faultless voice acting. good story, just wish there was more to it.
"An Excellent, Albeit Brief, Continuation of Dune"
Dune Messiah feels more of an addendum to the original than a fully fledge sequel, but is nonetheless brilliant and a strong continuation of an excellent story.
Set twelve years after the events of the first in the series, Messiah chronicles the conspiracy to dethrone Paul Atreides, the leader and messiah of the Fremen after his jihad has conquered most of the known universe, despite his best efforts in Dune to prevent it.
Delivered with a similar pace to the original, each character is well fleshed out and the introduction of the Tleilaxu and the Guild Navigator Edric add and explain questions that would have arisen during the reading of Dune.
Nothing is set in stone within these books despite the prescience and this unknown carries the story well despite its relatively slow pace.
The narration is mixed. Simon Vance is the main narrator and his variation in tone and accent is brilliant, brining the Fremen to life and adding depth to each character voiced. Scott Brick & Katherine Kellgren are similarly well voiced and the chapter read by Kellgren adds flavour to Alia's character. However Euan Morton who voices Paul in a couple of chapters ruins the characters developed by the other narrators. His Paul is fine, although whiny, but his Fremen, especially Stilgar is awful and demeans the strong characters they are clearly written to be. A shame, but can be overlooked.
This is a great book but far too short. Luckily there are many more left in the series to develop the story of Dune.
"Not anywhere as near as good as b1"
Not as long or interesting as book 1 but I guess if you intend to listen on you need this 1
"Not as good as dune"
Though this was an enjoyable book a lot of this is from the third person, therefore making it too different from the first. The characters voices from Dune didn't stick to their own characters and were doing voices of other characters which in the first book were done by different people.
"A solid sequel."
The narrator keeps the story interesting throughout giving characters credible tones and emotions.
The ending of the story is unexpected and memorable. It does not follow the typical path that stories of a powerful lead character often does. Muad'Dib does not always triumph.
There is no doubt that Paul as Muad'Dib grips the listener but a small character the uncanny dwarf Bijaz steals the few scenes he enters before meeting his untimely demise.
It is impossible to remain aloof when reading the book. I identified with both sides in the plot's struggle but always there is the fascination with the machinations of Muad'Dib. Will Paul succeed and where do his powers of perception truly end.
"Not enough Scott Brick."
In the middle
Listeners beware as this recording lacks a gripping performance in my opinion. I felt rather cheated by Scott Brick's name appearing on the credits as he speaks for less than 10 minutes or so and just starts and finishes the recording.
A good story but as gripping as Frank's first in the series.